Question: What do you think in the modern world has not been lost regarding the main point of Montessori’s method, given that there are a lot of followers and different interpretations of it?
Answer from the Ascended Master Mother Mary through Kim Michaels. This answer was given at the 2020 Webinar- Being the Divine Mother.
Well, to really give you a good answer to a question like this, I need a messenger who knows more about the Montessori method and the different directions that are out there. What has not generally been lost is the focus on the child and the child’s development and allowing the child to drive its own development by itself by encouraging the child instead of forcing it into a system.
The most important thing about any method whether it is the Montessori method or any other one is that you realize that when a method is given, in this case, quite a long time ago, what can be given at the time is a product of the collective consciousness – to general knowledge that is available at the time and the person who receives the teaching – their consciousness.
Since the Montessori method was given, there has been tremendous progress in the field of psychology. There are things there that Montessori did not know, could not have known, because there was simply not in the physical yet. These things need to be integrated by people who know about the Montessori method, by people who know about psychology. They need to integrate the teaching, some of the teachings on psychology with the Montessori method and thereby, in a sense, come up with a more universally applicable teaching.
Again, what you have in most instances like this is that you have a person who is charismatic and who starts some new initiative. It applies to many other things than Montessori. It applies to many endeavors, both in secular fields and in spiritual fields. We have a charismatic person who starts some kind of movement, some kind of new tendency. This person attracts a group of very enthusiastic followers. Now, these followers begin to believe that their main goal is to promote that method as it was given by that teacher.
What have we said over and over and over again through this messenger? It is not a matter of promoting this messenger as the highest messenger ever or this teaching as the highest teaching ever. It is a matter of taking some of the ideas we give out and some of the ideas you can receive individually and putting them in a universal context. What is the highest potential in the modern age of the Montessori method is that it is developed beyond being called the ‘Montessori method’.
What is most important in today’s world? Is it to honor the memory of Maria Montessori who passed away over a century ago? Or is it to bring out the most universal of her ideas, so they can be incorporated into education on a more broader realm than creating specialized schools that are so specialized, that the majority of people will not be able to see the value of them.
What are you loyal to? The central ideas that Maria Montessori brought out or her personal memory or the organization? These are questions to ask yourself and then see how that relates to you individually, given your background and your potential, what is in your Divine plan.
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